Book Dash


Book Dash gathers creative volunteers to create new African storybooks that anyone can freely print, translate and distribute. Book Dash believes that every child should own at least 100 books by age 5. The Otto Foundation supports Book Dash by sponsoring story creation events, and by funding print runs of Book Dash books. 


65% of Grade 3 learners in South Africa have little no books at home. Children who have a book of their own are 15 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than those who don't own a book. Research has shown that the number of books in the home has the same impact on children’s reading ability as parental education levels, and a greater impact than father’s occupation or family's socio-economic status. BookDash books are being used in, and distributed through, a number of wide-reaching early literacy programmes, including: Shine, WordWorks, NaliBali, and CareUp. Investment in additional BookDash titles and translations have a multiplier effect through these programmes. 

How can you help us

The next Book Dash book creation event we are funding is scheduled for 9 May 2020. 

  • Authors and illustrators - follow Book Dash on social media, and apply to be part of one of their book creation teams. 

  • Publishers - support a Book Dash print run to help us realise the dream of getting 100 books to every South African child, or use the open license to print and distribute these beautiful books yourselves. 

  • Literacy organisations - use the Book Dash books in your lesson plans and learning materials. The online versions of the books are fantastic, and are available for free. 

  • Donors - partner with us to fund the 9 May 2020 Book Dash event and experience the joy of knowing that you have made it possible to create a new South African story book. 


 “The future of South Africa rests in the hands of our youth. We must support them, in every way we can,

to imagine a future with infinite possibilities, and equip them with the skills that they will need to build that future”.
 - Chris Otto -